We chose to put Amir on the sensory stimulation program. This
program is based on the concept dating back to the 1930's
developed by Dr. Temple Fay, a neuro-surgeon. This is a program
whereby the hurt child must be given the opportunity to begin
to learn about balance, coordination and mobility in order
to give them an opportunity of retraining their own central
Dr. Fay discovered that all children develop along identical
lines, completing several specific stages on their journey
to functional maturity. Responsibility for each stage lies
with a different level of the brain and if any one of these
levels is damaged then the functions associated with this
level are impaired and any further progress will be inhibited.
Thus, the principal behind the sensory stimulation program
is to provide fresh stimuli to which ever brain level that
may be impaired to encourage functional improvements.
The program is based on the fact that our brains have an enormous
built-in redundancy factor and few of us use more than 10%
of our brain capacity. The stimulation program aims to utilise
some of the dormant neurons; in effect, to teach them how
to perform the functions of those millions of neurons that
have been destroyed and to provide the hurt child with a real
To encourage functional improvements of the brain, the child
must be given five types of stimuli: sight, hearing, touch,
taste and smell. In order to increase central nervous system
transmission, the stimulus must be increased in terms of its
frequency, intensity and duration. This simply means that
one has to stimulate the child often enough (frequency), the
stimuli must be strong enough (intensity) and long enough
(duration). A comprehensive list of stimulation exercises
is carried out to develop six main functions in the child:
vision, audio, touch, mobility, language and manual competence.
In addition to developing the six main functions, the program
also attempts to enhance the physical environment of the brain
to encourage better neurological organisation. Amir has been
on this program for two years and has made tremendous progress.
I know this home program will continue to enhance Amir's development.
Fezia Tyebally, Mother of Amir
Ashleigh was diagnosed "developmentally delayed"
at nine months. She went to many doctors, neurologists and
pediatricians and was told she would not develop mentally
beyond one year and would never walk. At this stage, Ashleigh
did not like to be touched, wouldn't laugh or smile, could
not roll over, was unable to chew or swallow lumpy food, became
very agitated and was generally a very unhappy baby with very
little recognition of her surrounding. She was an extremely
bad sleeper, never sleeping a full night. She suffered badly
with constipation and ear and nose infections, and due to
her very weak immune system spent a lot of time in hospital.
We did not want to accept the situation, and by chance, we
heard about the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential.
Upon contact, we met Mr Tim Timmermans, who was confident
he could help Ashleigh, but to what extent, he could not predict.
When we started on the program created by Mr. Timmermans,
Asleigh could just sit up and bum shuffle along the floor
and was just over two years old.
The program was very hard at first (organising the household,
etc.), but once in a routine we managed. Huge commitment is
required, focusing on the 'patterning'. Many people feel they
cannot do it, but it is possible. I achieved it while also
managing to look after my two other children (aged three and
After six weeks on the program, Ashleigh's bowel movements
where normal due to vitamins prescribed. Within months she
could open her hands and touched many things, and her health
improved she became much happier. By 12 months on the program
she could roll over, crawl on her tummy, hold her own bottle
and smile. The patterning was carried out seven days a week
and with the help of many friends was not a great burden.
Our local newspaper did an article on Ashleigh - calling for
volunteers - the response was wonderful. Ashleigh continued
to improve and hospital visits have become very rare now.
Today, after four years on the program, my very special daughter
can walk and run, say various words, comprehend almost everything
spoken to her and has started normal school.
I cannot praise the efforts of the Institute enough. They
provided a lifeline to us and gave our family a 'miracle'.
Wthout their help our daughter would be in a wheelchair staring
into space. In retrospect, life over this period has been
very hard but the rewards and love are worth every bit of
I would recommend the program to anyone with a disabled child.
Although it may seem radical, we have the proof that it works.
Remember, dedication and family commitment is a must, but
the rewards are beyond measure.
New South Wales, Australia
3 Year old Kristopher had a fall from his tricycle resulting
in a severe " Brain Injury". Due to the extent of
the injury, Pediatric Trauma Specialist gave little hope for
Kristopher's recovery and if by change he did survive, he
would merely be in a persistive "Vegetable State".
These gloomy predictions aside, we as his family began to
search for "NEW WAYS" to help in Kristopher's recovery.
The search lead to the AIAHP/BRAIN--NET program.
Six years of hard work on the program by Kristopher and our
family resulted in a Happy Thriving Boy who makes improvements
The AIAHP/BRAIN--NET Development Program teaches parents and
family members how to enhance their child development designed
to meet the unique needs of each individual child..
The specialized therapy techniques that we as a family practised
at home with Kristopher included, Physical, Spatial, Tactile,
Auditory, Visual and Intellectual development.
We Highly Recommend the AIAHP/BRAIN-NET Therapy.
Kristopher's Family U.S.A.
Dear Tim & Chad, Fezia, Judy and Val,
Here is something we want to share with all of you. Last night
I was helping Rik with his home work. Normally he has to copy
numbers, letters, words, sentences written on top of the page.
Yesterday there was just an instruction on each page - write
numbers with words 1-10, write names of 10 fruits.
I read out the instructions and touched his hand - He still
needs this for a steady hand. I don't guide him to write.
He wrote 1, then as I was about to spell out One he went ahead
and wrote One without any prompting capital O and small n
Next I said now 2 and like that it went on to 10. We than
started on fruits,after the numbers. He then wrote Apple,
Banana, Grapes and Orange. I was not surprised since he had
been taught these in school. But then he wrote Papaya, Lemon,Cherry,
Melon, all correctly. We have never explicitly taught him
these. But as part of the program has seen flashcards.
Then I started testing him, he wrote Scool(school), Sirt
(shirt), Pant, Water, Rice, Ritwik and the shock came when
he wrote our names Sumantra & Deepa correctly.
I know this will make you as happy as we were and all of
you have contributed a great deal to make this happen. Our
Deepa & Sumantra.
Mum and Dad of a Autistic boy on program from INDIA
At the age of two, my son Shai was diagnosed with global
developmental delay and severe language disability. He had
not spoken and hearing tests had shown his hearing was normal.
When we asked the specialists at the Tumbatim Clinic in Sydney
and later the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, what
they meant by their diagnosis, the response was bleak. The
doctors told us that Shai would probably never talk at all
and be severely behind his peers. They recommended signing
which we did not do.
After various other tests and therapies including Tomatis
Inner Ear Therapy, Occupational Therapy and speech therapy,
which seemed to do little for him, we heard about a centre
in Australia which runs a program based on the therapy devised
by Glenn Doman in the USA.
Shai was 4 ½ years old at that time and had not yet
spoken. He made loud, screeching noises and was very “hyper”.
He could be fixated for hours on Lego or trains and he often
had obsessive compulsive and repetitive behaviours.
The development program consisted of intensive physical and
intellectually stimulating exercises: patterning, creeping,
crawling, rolling, climbing, spinning, plus masking and flash
cards of words (about 3000 words) and later ‘bits”
of intellectual information (about 1000 “bits”).
After 18 months of crawling and creeping, Shai progressed
to walking and then running.
Shai did the program every day from Monday to Friday. He
had a reward system of points which, when added up, earned
him both weekly awards (a video or computer game, an outing)
and also quite substantial rewards for doing the program (riding
an elephant, swimming with dolphins, visiting Lego Windsor).
Shai said his first word “tractor” at 5 years
of age, about 6 months after starting the program. We did
the program intensely for 2 ½ years then reduced this
to a “maintenance program” of 8 km jogging per
day and intellectual “bits” and word flash-cards
until Shai was 10 years old. Before doing the program, Shai’s
left arm drooped down alongside his body and his gait was
“wooden”. He now walks beautifully. (He also did
the “Fast Forword” listening program from the
Scientific Learning Corporation in the USA in this period).
At 10 ½ Shai was also diagnosed as being on the autism
spectrum. His speech was still difficult to understand and
he had about 400 words. At 15 1/2, Shai talks a lot and his
grammar and syntax is now understood clearly by others. He
reads at about the level of a 9 year old. He plays baseball,
tennis, basketball, golf and soccer. He also swims and skis
well. His development over the last 5 years is due to excellent
special schooling at MUSEC, Macquarie University (for 18 months)
and then the Warrah Steiner Special School at Dural in NSW
(for 3 years).
I truly believe that the development program provided the
foundation for Shai’s later development and enabled
him to achieve his “human potential”. He is still
intellectually disabled but is a great kid! His current topics
of interest are world affairs, global warming, prevention
of malaria in Africa, and girls!
by Arahni Sont, mother of Shai